Peo­ple’s vote all-im­por­tant: Nazri


KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Ab­dul Aziz has told Umno mem­bers to fo­cus on win­ning the rakyat’s vote in­stead of cam­paign­ing for po­si­tions in the party dur­ing the Umno gen­eral as­sem­bly.

The Umno supreme coun­cil mem­ber said with the 14th gen­eral elec­tion (GE14) around the cor­ner, mem­bers should put aside their per­sonal agenda or dif­fer­ences for the greater good of the party.

“I am es­pe­cially wor­ried that there will be some mem­bers who will be think­ing about cam­paign­ing, not for GE14, but for po­si­tions in Umno.

“Don’t be too fo­cused on com­pe­ti­tion within the party, but how to win the peo­ple’s vote. That is much more im­por­tant than our po­si­tion in the party,” he told re­porters af­ter at­tend­ing the 12th con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony of Akademi Seni Bu­daya dan Warisan Ke­bangsaan (Aswara) here yes­ter­day.

Nazri said although the party elec­tion is only ex­pected to take place next year, Umno mem­bers should be wary of putting in­di­vid­ual in­ter­ests above that of the party.

“In 2000, I quit com­pet­ing for po­si­tions in the party be­cause to me, the party is more im­por­tant. I hope we will dis­cuss only what we need to do (to win the elec­tion),” he said.

On Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia, and some mem­bers leav­ing Umno to join it, Nazri said it would be short-term.

“I am not wor­ried at all. In the end, they will re­turn to Umno. In the past, who would have thought Ma­hathir would hug DAP leader Lim Kit Siang? I can al­ready see the drama five or six years down the road, with Ma­hathir and the rest com­ing back to Umno,” he said.

On a re­cent al­ter­ca­tion be­tween Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Ta­jud­din Ab­dul Rah­man and Shah Alam MP Ab­dul Khalid Sa­mad, Nazri said ac­tion should be taken should there be any ev­i­dence of wrong­do­ing.

“Two wrongs doesn’t make a right. If proven, then an­swer in court. No ex­cuses, even if you are from my party,” he said.

Nazri also rub­bished claims that Umno is a vi­o­lent party of gang­sters, fol­low­ing com­ments stem­ming from re­cent in­ci­dents in­volv­ing the Red Shirts, and a group from Pasir Salak which at­tempted to as­sault Khalid within the Par­lia­ment com­pound.

“How can the ac­tion of a few be re­garded as a re­flec­tion of Umno?”

Nazri speak­ing to Aswara grad­u­ates dur­ing the con­vo­ca­tion yes­ter­day. Also present is Aswara rec­tor Prof Hatta Azad Khan (right).

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